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Power Trip - A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

21 August 2014 , , , ,
The newly updated paperback version of Damian McBride's book adds but a little to the original hardback edition.
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Vacuum cleaners are more newsworthy than you might think

15 August 2014
Chiswick woman removes vacuum cleaner head with ease.
Lincolnshire ebola tests

It’s clearly a busy news week in Lincolnshire

13 August 2014
Ebola outbreak: Nobody tested in Lincolnshire for deadly virus
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Cllr Julie Smith’s services to journalism

8 August 2014 ,
I think the newly enobled Julie Smith (congratulations!) should become Baroness Smith of Churnalism: the typo in the press release about her appointment (giving the council she serves on as the fictional Newnham, not Cambridge) has nicely exposed who just copies and pastes press releases without checking the information or giving the source as a […]
White House Press Corps after being told of attack on Pearl Harbour. Photo via

The long, slow death of the press release

14 July 2014
Despite its death often being breathlessly predicted, the good old press release is still hanging on and filling up email inboxes every day.
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The robots are coming: first sports, now business stories written by machines

4 July 2014
Associated Press plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports.
Verdun graves from the First World War. Photo courtesy of - some rights reserved

Why I’ll be enjoying, but not learning from, the First World War tweets

2 July 2014 ,
The problem with that lies with the inevitable over-emphasis on what foreign journalists often call the 'kinetic stuff'.
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Two things to note about the Daily Mail’s attacks on the Lib Dems over Cyril Smith

16 April 2014 , ,
It's not really about the Lib Dems or Cyril Smith. It's about press regulation. As the last line in the latest Daily Mail editorial says, "With people like these to contend with, could there be any more powerful argument for keeping politicians’ grubby hands off the freedom of the Press?"
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The odd maths behind the NHS fraud story

24 March 2014 ,
There’s lots of coverage in the news today about how much fraud there is the NHS, complete with Labour calling it a “scandal”. Yet poke beneath the numbers and where do they come from? A very simple calculation of what the total level of fraud would be if the NHS suffered from the same amount […]
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The future of news: Nate Silver’s take

20 March 2014 ,
Poster boy for statistical predictors, Nate Silver, has a new piece out explaining the vision for the future of journalism which lies behind his new site FiveThirtyEight: Our methods are not meant to replace “traditional” or conventional journalism… Still, I would never have launched FiveThirtyEight in 2008, and I would not have chosen to broaden its […]